How to Party, Politely

Super Bowl Sunday is here. But before you don your team’s jersey and overdose on seven-layer dip, brush up on your manners. “There’s a place for manners in every situation in life,” says Crystal L. Bailey, the director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington. “The Super Bowl is not exempt.” Bailey, who teaches dining and social etiquette to people of all ages (she once had a mother call asking for advice about her 18-month-old!), offers some tips on how to be a super guest.

Is it rude to show up fashionably late?
“It’s absolutely rude to show up mid-game. You don’t want to miss the National Anthem.”

Is it OK to bring the organic vegetable tapenade I made from my CSA as a snack?
“Stay away from the salads and the gourmet. I think the best vegetables to have are carrots and celery to go with wings.”

Is double-dipping still frowned upon?
“Oh, the George Costanza. … The only double-dipping you should be doing is on your plate. Have a field day then, but not in the communal dip.”

 Uh-oh … I need to burp …
“It’s great if you have a napkin to cover your mouth, because no one wants to smell that, especially if you’re burping draft beer.”

 How do I politely suggest that everyone watch the Puppy Bowl instead?
“Definitely do not try to commandeer someone else’s remote. And don’t walk in front of the TV.”

 What is the proper sports-betting etiquette?
“If you wager, expect to pay up. Don’t try to slink out of that at the end.”

How do I get out of doing another keg stand?
“A ‘no thanks’ will do. Although it’s kind of fun … if you’re college-aged.”


Be a Better Spectator, Sport

“Twizzle” and “swizzle” may sound like words that Snoop Dogg, er, Lion would use while playing Twister in a sweater. Instead they’re real terms for moves in ice dancing, an Olympic pairs sport with big potential for a U.S. medal in Sochi. What do they mean? We asked Lori Cervinka, the skating director at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.


A one-legged turn that makes a “3” shape on the ice, Cervinka says. It’s a critical element for ice dancers, who are judged on how well they synchronize their twizzles.


A simple way of traveling across the ice. “A swizzle is something toddlers learn,” Cervinka says. “You push your heels out, and then your toes, to make footballs or lemons with your feet.”